‘Coriolis Effect’ an India-Africa fusion

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Art finds a common thread in ‘Coriolis Effect’, an international exhibition featuring works of artists from India and Africa. The exhibition in the capital, seeks to boost the social, economic and cultural relationship and historical exchange between them.

The result of a month-long residency, Coriolis Effect uses the present context of 21st century migrations, and various moments of exchange through history between the two entities.

According to Sitara Chowfla, the programme Manager at Khoj, Coriolis Effect is in response to the conflict between residents and immigrants at Khirkee Village Extension, the NGO’s immediate neighborhood.

“Khirkee Village has been home to immigrants from within the Indian subcontinent, as well as migrants from many countries leading to cultural differences and racial violence. This project has grown out of a series of encounters and conversations which took place in and around Khoj through 2014,” Chowfla told IANS.

In the show, photography has been explored by Philadelphia-based visual anthropologist Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan. His film, “Cry Out Loud” explores the lives of several men and women from the African community who reside in Khirkee Village Extension. “My work focuses on 20th and 21st century cultural and political connections that span Black Atlantic and Indian Ocean imaginaries,” Dattatreyan told IANS.

Juan Orrantio (b. Bogota, Colombia) uses photography as a critical form of documentary. He juxtaposes two sets of photographs -10 images of venues, buildings and spaces reminiscent of the Nehruvian era and another set of 40 images of African families in areas like Khirkee Extension and Chattarpur. “The idea is to reflect on how the Nehruvian period was the time of transformation, modernism and Afro-Asian solidarity through the Non-Alignment Movement,” Orrantio told IANS.

Ghanian Bernard Akoi-Jackson presents a “triptych installation” divided into three parts. The first is a set of 30 flag-like pieces in cloth, where one cannot recognize any nationality while the second is a video of the Indian national flag billowing in the wind at the Rajiv Chowk Central Park. The third is a tapestry of multi-coloured cloth pieces taken from diverse sources.

“It is meant to dissolve the differences of identity as you can never know which cloth belonged to which person of which religion and nationality,” Akoi-Jackson told IANS.

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